ACA Spotlight Blog

ACA Spotlight Blog

Risk and compliance alerts, insights, and resources for financial services firms


ACA's experienced compliance, risk, performance, cybersecurity, and technology professionals regularly provide insights on industry news, trends, and best practices. Our blog consolidates all ACA compliance alerts, thought leadership articles, white papers, cybersecurity alerts, and results from ACA surveys to help you find the information you need more quickly and easily.

2020 GIPS Standards Explanation of the Provisions for Firms
Thought Leadership
May 21, 2020

Section 2 of the Explanation of the Provisions focuses on clarifying the input data and calculation methodology requirements to be compliant with the 2020 GIPS standards.

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Compliance Alert
May 20, 2020

The Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum (‘FSRIF’ or the ‘Forum’) recently published its Regulatory Initiatives Grid to help the financial services industry understand, and plan for regulatory change as a result of COVID-19. We examine the impact and areas of focus.

SEC COVID-19/BCP Examination Request
Compliance Alert - SEC
May 19, 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced in March that it intends to engage in an ongoing outreach with registrants to assess the impacts of COVID-19, including challenges impacting operational resiliency. In the last few weeks, ACA has seen an increase in the number of examinations announced by the SEC examination staff.

Are You Ready for Regulation Best Interest?
May 18, 2020

We invite you to complete a short survey to provide insight and transparency into the various ways firms are preparing for Reg BI and Form CRS in preparation for the June 30, 2020 compliance deadline.

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Thought Leadership
May 15, 2020

In this blog post, we share peer insights into how financial firms’ CCOs are navigating today's challenges, evolving regulatory expectations, and looming economic realities, along with ACA's expertise into how CCOs can adjust their compliance programs for long-term success in this environment.

Case Study
May 11, 2020

Read how a private equity energy investor experiencing increased cyber threats to its portfolio companies worked with ACA Aponix to deploy a comprehensive risk management solution to cover all of the firm’s oil and gas portfolio companies.


Lynx Case Study
Case Study
May 7, 2020

Read how Lynx FBO Network (Lynx) in the general aviation industry worked with ACA Aponix to execute a Holistic Technology and Cybersecurity Risk Assessment.

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Cyber Alert
May 7, 2020

Web hosting giant GoDaddy® has suffered a breach affecting thousands of users, per reports of security researchers. The data breach occurred in October 2019, but was first discovered on April 23rd of this year.

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Compliance Alert - FCA
May 7, 2020

The FCA recently published its pragmatic yet ambitious annual Business Plan for 2020-21, which makes it clear that the current COVID-19 crisis will neither derail the regulator's multi-year strategy nor lead to a relaxation of its policing mission. We examine what the regulator's plans mean for financial services firms. 

CTA Promotional Material Relief for ECPs and Proposed Updates to Form CPO-PQR
Compliance Alert - CFTC
May 5, 2020

The NFA provided relief to CTAs that are also registered with the SEC to present past performance to ECPs on a gross basis in non-public, one-on-one presentations. The CFTC also proposed changes to the Form CPO-PQR revising the scope of information collected.

CFTC No-Action Letter: Temporary Fingerprint Card Relief for Principals and Associated Persons
Compliance Alert - CFTC
April 30, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Futures Association has suspended its applicant fingerprinting service for its registrants and their principals and associated persons. The social distancing requirements have made it difficult to comply with the requirements set forth in CFTC Regulation 3.10 and 3.12.

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Thought Leadership
April 29, 2020

In the current environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working (usually from home) has become the new norm. Firms and their staff must be flexible to adapt to fresh challenges while maintaining business disciplines, systems and controls. This complimentary training webcast is designed to help ensure that staff, regardless of their role, do not forget their core compliance responsibilities during this period.